Protestors storm Sri Lanka president’s official residence in popular uprising

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ECONOMYNEXT – Protestors in Sri Lanka have breached the entrance to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s residence amid gunshot-like sounds that witnesses said were heard in the vicinity.

Tens of thousands of protestors gathered in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on Saturday July 09 demanding the resignation of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

Protestors were met with heavy teargas and watercanon fire on Chatham Street, Colombo, and at the GotaGoGama agitation site in Galle Face.

However, witnesses said police were seen withdrawing as protestors got closer to storming the president’s official residence.

It is unclear at present where the president is currently located.

Update: Hospital sources said 14 people have been admitted to hospital with injuries.

Trains are still arriving to the Colombo Fort railway station carrying more protestors, as crowds continue to swell in Colombo. (Colombo/Jul09/2022)



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